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ENEMY LINES
Tom Verducci
April 05, 2004
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Padres
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April 05, 2004

Enemy Lines

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an opposing team's scout sizes up the Padres

"This is the most improved team in the division. David Wells is a winner, and he'll take the pressure off the young guys....

Adam Eaton is on the verge of becoming a star. He has two pitches that can strike you out: a 95-plus fastball and a great curve. He just needs to work on his consistency....

Trevor Hoffman looks like he's healthy after having shoulder surgery in the off-season. His velocity is as good as it ever was....

They're going to hit very well—and they have to. They don't have much team speed, so it's going to take a lot of hits to get everyone around....

With Brian Giles, Phil Nevin and Ryan Klesko, the Padres have as good 3-4-5 hitters as anyone, and there really isn't an easy out in the lineup. Nevin's getting his shoulder healthy is really important for them, but I've got to wonder what's going to go through his mind the next time he has to dive for a ball....

Sean Burroughs keeps improving and people shouldn't worry about his lack of power....

Khalil Greene is as accurate a thrower as I've ever seen, and he has surprising power."

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